For days and weeks I watched him storing compostable vegetables, yard waste, egg shells, rotting banana skins, and apple cores in an upright cage made of chicken wire in our back yard.
Soon he started clearing away the grass from a large plot. Under the grass was pure sand.
“Can anything grow in sand?” I asked myself.
Of course we had done this before, but it is a miracle each time.
In the subsequent months the `sand’ was mixed with organic cow manure, peat and more rotted yard waste and compost to create banks of fertility. There was a lot of digging, hoeing and weeding.
In the cooler months of September and January neat rows of seeds and seedlings for spring onions, cabbages, broccoli, tomatoes and sweet potatoes were impregnated into the soil.
Each morning and evening my husband would hurry out to his plot and on went the water hose.
The real miracle is that by early February after this daily watering I am asked this question, “Would you like some spring onions?”
“Oh yes!” I said and out I traipsed to pluck myself an aromatic addition to the meat loaf…
Time consuming, you may say. Why not just buy it in the supermarket?
Who would even try to set up a vegetable garden in a dry arid place like Southwest Florida?
Well, some things are worth the time, not only for the produce but also for the persistence and the joy of simple pleasure….
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